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HIST:713 Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion & Its Consequences02/11-02/11  

The period in which it attempted to subjugate and firmly install its brand of communism in Afghanistan is often referred to as the Soviet Union's Vietnam. This course will examine the decade long struggle, considering the role of such key players as the United States, Pakistan, the Soviets, and the American-backed mujahedeen who ultimately defeated and hastened the demise of a superpower. It will explain the Soviet invasion in the context of Afghanistan's complex geography, tribalism, Muslim identity, and alliances. Lastly, it will discuss the Afghanistan that remained as the Soviets departed, piecing together the story of how Afghanistan became the haven for terrorism and extremism that provoked another superpower invasion just over a decade after the Soviet withdrawal. Join us to discuss this crucial period of Afghan and global history. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50305
  • Meeting Dates= 02/11-02/11
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Afghanistan: The Taliban & the Modern State02/18-02/18  

When the Soviets left Afghanistan in 1989, the CIA withdrew most of its funding and influence. What remained was a power vacuum in which old tribal rivalries resumed, now powered by radical Islam, American-provided Kalashnikovs, and well-organized militias armed with the confidence of having just defeated the Soviet giant. This class will chronicle the post-Soviet Afghanistan, from its struggles to install a government, to the rise of the Taliban, to its quest to retain a viable state among a people whose tribal history contravenes the very concept of central government. The Afghanistan we know is marred by official corruption, terrorism, scarce resources, and a portion of the population that resists entry into the 21st (or even 20th) century. Join us in this important and difficult study of the enigma that is modern Afghanistan. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50306
  • Meeting Dates= 02/18-02/18
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Anglo-Irish War 1919-192103/02-03/02  

After the internment of the rebels of 1916 and the end of World War I, the feelings in Ireland finally broke out into warfare against the British. But the Irish fought in the only way they could against their powerful neighbor-a guerilla type war. In this class we'll discuss Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, the Flying Columns, the founding of the Irish Free State and related topics. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50392
  • Meeting Dates= 03/02-03/02
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Charles Kilker
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 Civil War Spies & Espionage03/23-03/23  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Spying in the Civil War was very easy for both sides. Their enemies spoke the same language, had been under the same government, and knew each other's geography well. However, you had to be brave and intelligent to avoid capture. Hear about the greatest act of espionage in the war which began with a Russian Naval Officer visiting a cannon factory in New York state. There was an ease with which agents for either side made their way across lines and through opposition territory. Spies were active in St. Louis because of it's strategic location. Spies and espionage on both sides changed the war. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50027
  • Meeting Dates= 03/23-03/23
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Civil War: Battles in Virginia (1865)04/23-04/23  

Grant's Union Army entered the Confederate Capitol the day after the Confederate forces left. Now, it was a race of the two armies on parallel roads, with the Union trying to get ahead of the Confederates to cut them off. All were headed for Appomattox, Virginia, still sixty miles ahead. Hear what happened as Lee's heroic army began to come apart. You'll remember several incidents as the war came to a conclusion, 150 years ago this spring. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50029
  • Meeting Dates= 04/23-04/23
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Civil War: Grant's Siege of Petersburg (1865)04/02-04/02  

The union Army of the Potomac had Robert E. Lee's Army of North Virginia besieged in Petersburg and Richmond for several months, but could not drive them out of their dirt fortifications, which were ideal defenses against 1860 cannon balls. Then, the Confederates attacked! You'll learn about how well it went, and the amazing problem for them at Five Forks, Virginia. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50023
  • Meeting Dates= 04/02-04/02
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Civil War: Remarkable Women in Dixie03/12-03/12  

Mary Boykin Chestnut, one of the most respected women in Charleston, wrote a diary. It has been read ever since, with a modern edition that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1982. You'll hear quotes from it in her discussions of prominent people, politics and the war. You'll also learn of the trials across the South and here in Missouri, with emphasis on the famous General Butler's Order #28 about women in New Orleans that became world news. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50022
  • Meeting Dates= 03/12-03/12
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Civil War: Two Big Confederate Gambles03/05-03/05  

Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry made a daring attack in March 1865 against three full divisions of Union Cavalry in Alabama. J.E.B. Stuart's risk was even greater as he attempted to ride his cavalry around the whole Union army, keeping ahead of pursuers. One failed; one succeeded. You may decide if they were fool hardy actions or not. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50021
  • Meeting Dates= 03/05-03/05
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:713 Classical Anti-Semitism vs. Modern Anti-Israelism04/01-04/01  

During World War II, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini recruited 20,000 volunteers to work with the SS in implementing Hitler's "Final Solution." The Mufti's efforts to bring Hitler's program of extermination of Jews to the "Arab world" mark a missing link of sorts, between the classical form of anti-Semitism, which motivated Hitler, and modern anti-Israelism. The former is marked by a series of distinct characteristics related to history, religion, and culture, which this course will discuss in detail. The latter, perhaps equally dangerous breed, carries a religious component but is grounded in what many Arabs, Muslims, and other observers deem Israel's illegal "occupation" of its country at the expense of displaced Palestinians. This class will distinguish between the two forms of animosity toward the world's Jewish population and discuss the role of each in shaping regional and global policies and opinions. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50308
  • Meeting Dates= 04/01-04/01
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:709 Cuban Missile Crisis03/23-03/23  

We'll spend this evening exploring in detail the events during those fateful 13 days in October. Could a wrong decision or misperceived signal have led to war? Did President Kennedy give in too much? The characters, decisions, and events will be analyzed. The crisis has many lessons that can still be applied to our foreign policy today. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50166
  • Meeting Dates= 03/23-03/23
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Easter Rebellion (1916) - "A Terrible Beauty is Born"03/31-03/31  

Also known as the "Easter Rising," this six-day rebellion in 1916 was an attempt to end British rule in Ireland and establish an Irish Republic during World War I. In this class you'll meet such famous figures as Patrick Pearse, Thomas Connolly and Tom Clarke along with such future leaders as Michael Collins and Eamon DeValera. We'll follow the events leading up to the Easter Rebellion, the organizations involved and the outcome of the rebellion itself. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50164
  • Meeting Dates= 03/31-03/31
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 228
  • Instructor= Charles Kilker
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 George Armstrong Custer and J.E.B. Stuart03/02-03/02  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * George Armstrong Custer in the U.S. Army and "Jeb" Stuart in the Confederate Army were both Major Generals of the Cavalry and strong antagonists. Learn of the lives of each of these two men, their exploits in battle, their friendly animosity for each other, and finally, how they each died with their boots on. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50026
  • Meeting Dates= 03/02-03/02
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:701 Gunfighters of the Old West03/19-03/19  

During this fascinating morning of American history, you'll hear stories about nineteen of our country's most prominent gunfighters, including one woman. These are the famous and the infamous of that curious, lawless period in American history -- the last two or three decades of the 1800's. We'll talk about men like Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson (all lawmen) and outlaws like Jesse James, Bill Longley, and "Curly Bill" Brocius. We'll be sure to include one of the most famous gunfights: the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Come hear the real account, as related by Wyatt Earp to his deputy. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50025
  • Meeting Dates= 03/19-03/19
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:704 Life in Colonial America Before the Revolution02/12-02/12  

This class is your passport to pre-revolutionary times in America. Europeans in the 1700s were fascinated with news they kept hearing about newly "discovered" land of America, which lead to the founding of the American colonies in that century. The northern colonies developed differently from the southern colonies as a result of immigration trends, geography, and many local factors, making for diverse lifestyles for the people of the two regions. You'll enjoy discovering what they wore, the foods they ate, and the activities that dominated their lives before the American Revolution. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50033
  • Meeting Dates= 02/12-02/12
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 Lincoln Presidency Sesquicentennial-186502/19-02/19  

In 2015, we reach the end of the Lincoln Presidential Sesquicentennial, the year that started in the glow of electoral triumph, was brightened by successful conclusion of the War before the tragedy of assassination and the long funeral train back to Springfield. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50171
  • Meeting Dates= 02/19-02/19
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Lincoln's Assassination - Sesquicentennial04/16-04/16  

Abraham Lincoln was the first American President to be assassinated, 150 years ago this April 14th. He had once said that any man who was willing to risk his own life in the attempt, could kill him. He had been threatened 80 times, shot at once (missed), but few thought it would ever actually happen. We'll follow through the events up to that Good Friday evening, and all that followed. You'll hear the arguments about whether John Wilkes Booth planned it on his own, with a few acquaintances, or on orders from Richmond and at least on orders of the Treasurer of the Confederacy. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50020
  • Meeting Dates= 04/16-04/16
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Lincoln's Assassination - Sesquicentennial04/14-04/14  

Abraham Lincoln was the first American President to be assassinated, 150 years ago this April 14th. He had once said that any man who was willing to risk his own life in the attempt, could kill him. He had been threatened 80 times, shot at once (missed), but few thought it would ever actually happen. We'll follow through the events up to that Good Friday evening, and all that followed. You'll hear the arguments about whether John Wilkes Booth planned it on his own, with a few acquaintances, or on orders from Richmond and at least on orders of the Treasurer of the Confederacy. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50024
  • Meeting Dates= 04/14-04/14
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:713 Middle East 101 - Part 1: Religious Beliefs03/25-04/01  

Part one of a three-part series on the Middle East with a focus on Turkish, Arab, and Persian peoples and their religious beliefs - with particular focus on ways in which they are the same and how they differ. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50310
  • Meeting Dates= 03/25-04/01
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 206
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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  Middle East 101 - Part 2: It's All about Location04/08-04/15  

Part two of a three-part series on the Middle East with a focus on the impact of their geography, specifically focused on the important factors of oil, water, and location, plus the issue of Turkish, British, French and U.S. imperialism in the area. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50311
  • Meeting Dates= 04/08-04/15
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 206
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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  Middle East 101 - Part 3: Conflict!04/22-04/29  

The last session in this three-part series will focus on several major issues that keep the area in conflict. We'll also explore the role and style of their leadership and the impact of foreign nations in the Middle East today. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50312
  • Meeting Dates= 04/22-04/29
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 206
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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HIST:708 Missouri Folklore02/13-02/13  

It's Friday the 13th! What a great day to study Missouri superstitions! We'll talk about old wives tales, good luck charms and more. And the day before Valentine's day is the perfect time to learn some new love potions and hear strange love stories. If those don't work for you, we'll tell you how to heal with some Granny woman medicine or maybe change the weather. Cost for adults 60 and over $14.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50289
  • Meeting Dates= 02/13-02/13
  • Meeting Days= F
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= Joan Huisinga
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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HIST:712 Napoleonic Wars02/24-02/24  

The wars of Napoleon dominated European history for over 20 years. In this examination of his principle battles and campaigns, you'll learn how Napoleon was successful and why he is considered a military genius. It can be said that only his ambition exceeded his genius. Learn how his military principles are still applicable today, and why he was considered a military genius. This class will cover his beginnings in the French Revolution, his rise to fame in Italy, his crowning achievement at Austerlitz, and other victories. And we will cover his disasters in Spain, Russia, and where he met his Waterloo. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50167
  • Meeting Dates= 02/24-02/24
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 228
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:709 Old Hickory: The Life of Andrew Jackson03/26-03/26  

This year is the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, Old Hickory's greatest victory. Spend an evening studying the life and legacy of Andrew Jackson, War Hero, Duelist and the President who destroyed the Bank of the United States, preserved the Union and expelled the Indians. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50373
  • Meeting Dates= 03/26-03/26
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:713 Pakistan Series I: Foundations - Pakistan at its Inception03/30-03/30  

Though they were both formally emancipated from British rule on August 15, 1947, Pakistan celebrates its independence on August 14th, while India recognizes the 15th as its birthday. This is not the only issue on which the subcontinent's nuclear powers disagree. This first installment of our new series on Pakistan will discuss the reasons for partition, i.e., the establishment of a separate Muslim state that emerged during the fight for Indian independence after nearly a century of British colonial rule. By examining the role of the Muslim League, Mahatma Gandhi, geography, religion, resources, and history in the creation of Pakistan, this course will create a foundational framework through which to understand some of the underlying issues that have shaped the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50288
  • Meeting Dates= 03/30-03/30
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Pakistan Series II: Foundations - The Nascent State of Pakistan04/06-04/06  

India's first prime minister and, besides Mahatma Gandhi, founding father, Jawaharlal Nehru, had nearly three decades in which to implement the principles he envisioned for the state he helped to create. Pakistan's founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, died a year after his country was born. A thousand miles of hostile India divided the industrialized "West Pakistan" from the agricultural "East Pakistan." The only viable organ of state that Pakistan won upon independence was its military. This class will discuss the myriad of challenges that faced a nascent Pakistan, including the sources of its intense (and mutual) animosity toward India. It will outline three "Indo-Pak wars," as they are known, ending with a second round of partition, in which Pakistan lost over half of its population and a considerable amount of revenue. Join us to unravel the causes and some of the shattering effects of the subcontinent's still unresolved acrimony. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50302
  • Meeting Dates= 04/06-04/06
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Pakistan Series III: The Military State of Pakistan04/13-04/13  

When asked to name his heroes, American Congressman Charlie Wilson named Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and General Zia ul-Haq. The third installment of the Pakistan series will introduce the latter, as well as his predecessor, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who General Zia ousted in a coup. This was a period of intense international involvement and intrigue, as Pakistan carved out its role in the Soviet incursion into Afghanistan, sought an atomic bomb, and encouraged the burgeoning belief that Pakistani control of Kashmir was a religious, not merely a territorial issue. Engaging in the study of this fascinating period in Pakistan's history will help to explain its growing current of Islamism, the pattern of military leadership in Pakistan, and Pakistan's role in both the fall of the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet deterioration of Afghanistan. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50303
  • Meeting Dates= 04/13-04/13
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Pakistan Series IV: The Challenges of Modern Pakistan04/20-04/20  

The 2011 capture of Osama bin Laden just 75 miles outside of Pakistan's capital city, Islamabad, illustrates the complications of America's relationship with our important ally in the War on Terror. The Pakistani state has gained notoriety for dealing with subversive elements for the purpose of advancing its aims. This class will discuss the objectives of these associations, as well as the threat of another round of armed conflict with India, attempts at conciliation, domestic political intrigue, including the return and assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and Pakistan's classification by multiple outlets as the most dangerous country on the planet. Can a nation that has neglected its infrastructure in favor of military development maintain the vestiges of a democratic state? Should a state associated with corruption and heavy-handed domestic policies be trusted to combat regional terrorism? What is the alternative? Join us to discuss whether Pakistan is an indispensable partner or dangerous fifth column in the tense climate of modern global affairs. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50304
  • Meeting Dates= 04/20-04/20
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:708 Picture Postcard from a Centenarian03/24-03/24  

What was it like to live to be 100+ years old? This is the story of one woman's journey. It's a fascinating tale that begins in Georgia in 1903, in the fictionalized "Tara" region, and traces the long life of one Southern lady who transcended extreme poverty, roadblocks and detours. Join our storyteller (in period dress), reliving this story set in the southern states where Spanish moss and live oaks reign. As you hear her tale, think of how you might also vividly retell your own family's stories. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50296
  • Meeting Dates= 03/24-03/24
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 228
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:765 Politics & Religion02/26-02/26  

To begin to understand today's hot issues surrounding religion and politics in the U.S., we have to start with what the Constitution and the founding fathers said about the separation of church and state. Using speeches, letters and articles, we'll examine historical issues that have brought politics and religion face-to-face. We'll conclude with a discussion of Senator John Danforth's writing on faith and politics. Join us for a lively, thought-provoking evening. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50540
  • Meeting Dates= 02/26-02/26
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 228
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:709 Texan Independence & the Mexican War04/06-04/20  

About 200 years ago, two very different cultures clashed in North America. From this clash came two very different viewpoints regarding the course of events from the 1820's, when the Mexican government invited Americans to settle in Texas, to 1848 and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. We're left with two perspectives: the loser that never forgot the sorrowful past and the winner that recorded their glorious past. This story has consequences for all of us today in our nation and in our current relationship with Mexico. Cost for adults 60 and over $33.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50313
  • Meeting Dates= 04/06-04/20
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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HIST:765 The "Lucky Few" Generation (born 1925-1945)04/21-04/21  

We'll start with an overview of generations and get to know the defining characteristics of those labeled: the "GI" generation;" the "Lucky Few" generation; the "Baby Boomers;" "Generation X;" "Gen-Y "(the Millennials) and "Gen-Z " (the new Silent Generation). Our focus, though, will be on the details of the "Lucky Few" generation, those born 1925-1945. This generation is considered a successful generation in many ways, particularly in marriage, education, motherhood, nuclear families. You'll be welcome to share your own insights, reminiscences, stories, experiences and reflections as we build a picture of this group that shone so brightly in the 20th century. Are they really "out of time and place" in this 21st century? Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50162
  • Meeting Dates= 04/21-04/21
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 The Battle of the Atlantic: 'WW II on American Shores'03/10-03/10  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Most Americans believe that WWII was fought only in distant Europe, Africa, or the Far East. Few know about the crucial battles fought within sight of the shores on our own East Coast. This class will examine in detail "Operation Drumbeat," the German U-Boat offensive against the U.S., and the part it played in the Battle of the Atlantic, the first battle that had to be won in WWII. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50169
  • Meeting Dates= 03/10-03/10
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  The Eastern Front: World War II02/17-02/17  

The Eastern Front was the largest land campaign ever fought, dwarfing others with its colossal scale in distance and numbers. For every German the GIs faced in WWII, three were fighting in Russia against overwhelming numbers of Russian soldiers. This was the decisive campaign of the Second World War.This class will cover the opening campaign, other principle campaigns and battles such as Kharkov, Stalingrad, Kursk, Cherkassy, Bagration among others, and culminate with the capture of Berlin. Also, we'll see how the results of this war still impacts events today. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50165
  • Meeting Dates= 02/17-02/17
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 228
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  The Great War (World War I): Year Two, 191503/30-03/30  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * The Great War's Centennial Year of 1915 reflected how everyone was wrong in assuming the war would be short and rewarding for their country. It became apparent that it would be a long and bloody fight. Two trenches faced each other all across France. New weapons had changed warfare: Zeppelins, airplanes, perfected machine guns, cannon, tanks, poison gas. These brought about huge casualty lists. More nations entered the war and no one would give an inch. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50028
  • Meeting Dates= 03/30-03/30
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Cancelled 
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 Twelve Steps to the Civil War - Toward a "Tipping Point" Theory02/25-02/25  

The start of the Civil War was not the result of a single decision; it was the end product of a series of events starting with the adoption of the Constitution. This class will examine a total of 12 commonly cited contributing causes that occurred in the years 1787 through 1860, which taken together like a row of dominos falling in sequence, created a tipping point that resulted in the War Between the States. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50161
  • Meeting Dates= 02/25-02/25
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:713 Understanding the Hajj (the Fifth Pillar of Islam): Compulsory Pilgrimage to Mecca03/25-03/25  

According to the central tenets of the faith, every Muslim must undertake the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, at least once in his or her lifetime. The rites and rituals associated with the Hajj are performed at prescribed places and times during the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, commemorating key events in the religion's history. Each year, the designated Custodian of the Two Holy Places, the Sa'udi government in modern times, organizes and hosts more than two million pilgrims from around the world. Bringing together Sunni, Shi'ite, and Sufi men and women, from friendly and hostile nations, for the most profound religious experience of their lives constitutes a massive feat of coordination, cost, and diplomacy. This class will outline and discuss the significance of the Hajj program, including how the beliefs and proclivities of the host impacts the experience. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50307
  • Meeting Dates= 03/25-03/25
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:765 US Airline Industry Soars into the Jet Age04/21-04/21  

With the introduction of the Boeing 707 in 1958, the airline industry soared. Airliners were bigger and could fly farther and faster. The industry boomed. Cruise lines evolved because of the availability of air transport to catch the ships. In the 1970ís, wide-body aircraft were introduced. Then in 1978, US government regulation of the industry changed with the termination of the Civil Aeronautics Board. Many familiar airlines are gone but the survivors are much larger. New types of airlines and a whole new industry, the overnight package delivery system, have developed. Join us as we track the amazing transformation of the airline industry from 1958 to today. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50531
  • Meeting Dates= 04/21-04/21
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 228
  • Instructor= Kenneth Velten
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  US Airline Industry, Post WW II: From Propellers to Jets04/14-04/14  

After World War II, the airline industry was ready for dramatic expansion. There were lots of planes, pilots, new airfields and new technology available to the airlines. Industry Ieaders had already run a worldwide airline during the War. Douglas, Lockheed and Boeing developed bigger, more comfortable and safer airliners. Airline service became available to smaller cities. Eventually, the technological development of jet engines allowed even bigger and faster airliners. Come hear how and why the industry grew so significantly during the post war prosperity. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50528
  • Meeting Dates= 04/14-04/14
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 228
  • Instructor= Kenneth Velten
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Waffen SS03/03-03/03  

The Wasson Schutz Staffel (SS) was the military branch of the Nazi Party. Myths mixed with rumors and opinions surround the Waffen SS. Are they jack-booted criminals, misunderstood honorable soldiers, or somewhere in between? This class will explore the history, ideals, weapons, tactics, and battle record of the Waffen SS. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50168
  • Meeting Dates= 03/03-03/03
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  World War I: America Goes "Over There"04/09-04/09  

1917 was the fateful year the U.S. government finally declared war on Germany. You'll gain insight into how popular the war was in United States. The American general Pershing (Missouri), wanted to keep the U.S. army independent and not insert American troops into British and French armies. This was not what the allies wanted. Discover how these problems were resolved and decide for yourself if the Americans won the war that the allies were unable to win. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50030
  • Meeting Dates= 04/09-04/09
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:765 Young Adult Fiction - "Then" and "Now"03/09-03/09  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * *Young adult fiction is one of the fastest-growing forms of literature today, but it's not exactly new. Come spend the morning hearing about the books your grandchildren are reading and remembering what you read as a teenager. Our instructor will turn your attention to two books: S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders," published almost 50 years ago and John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars," one of the most popular current young adult books. Both have been adapted into films, and both have been challenged in school curricula. We'll compare and contrast the story and themes in each book, and explore how teen fiction has changed (or stayed the same) over the past 50 years. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50449
  • Meeting Dates= 03/09-03/09
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Ricker
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777